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Table of Contents
                            Cover Page
Title Page
At Home in Australia
Welcome to Australia
	History, Government, and Economy
	People and Culture
	Planning Your Trip
Daily Life
	Making the Move
	Housing Considerations
	Language and Education
	Travel and Transportation
Prime Living Locations
	Brisbane and the Queensland Coast
	Southwestern Australia
Copyright Page
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By Air

There are more than 600 airports in Australia, from simple landing strips in the
Outback to busy international airports. Sydney’s Kingsford Smith Airport is
undoubtedly the busiest, followed closely by Melbourne. Sydney’s airport, eight
kilometers from the city’s Central Business District (CBD), saw some 35.8
million passengers in fiscal 2012, with 22 million domestic passengers, 12
million on international flights, and the remainder on short regional hops. A total
of 612,000 U.S. citizens went through the airport in the same time span. The
airport hosts 44 airlines and 45 percent of all international airline passengers,
and it has flights to 46 international, 23 domestic interstate, and 28 regional New
South Wales destinations. With direct connections to most regional airports, it is
also usually the first stop for U.S. visitors and expats arriving in Australia.


Qantas Frequent Flyer ( There are four membership
levels: Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum. You earn a minimum of 1,000
points for every eligible one-way flight taken on Qantas, with percentage
bonuses applied if you fly Premium Economy, Business, or First,
depending on your membership level. You progress to a higher
membership level by earning status points, which you can only earn on
eligible Qantas and Oneworld alliance airlines (American Airlines, British
Airways, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Iberia, JAL, LAN, Malév Hungarian,
Royal Jordanian, and S7), Air Pacific, Jetstar Airlines (limited to Starter
Plus, Starter Max and Business max fares only) or QantasLink services.
There are some 500-plus partners with which you can earn points,
including banks, hotels, restaurants and supermarkets. Priority check-in and
lounge access are some of the privileges, plus reward flights.

Oneworld privilege ( Not a bonus scheme in its
own right, members of participating airline schemes have their rewards and
privileges extended throughout the alliance, which includes Air Berlin Top

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Bonus, American Airlines AAdvantage, British Airways Executive Club,
Cathay Pacific Marco Polo Club, Finnair Plus, JAL Mileage Bank, Iberia
Plus, LANPASS, Qantas Frequent Flyer, Royal Jordanian Royal Plus, and
S7 Priority. The three status levels are Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald,
awarding various levels of benefits including priority check-in and lounge
access across the member airlines’ facilities.

Virgin Australia Velocity Frequent Flyer
( Earn points on flights with Virgin
Australia, Virgin America, Virgin Atlantic, Virgin Samoa, Singapore
Airlines, Air New Zealand, Etihad, Delta, Hawaiian Airlines, Skywest, and
Airlines PNG. An added bonus is that you can pool your family’s points
together and thus can redeem awards much quicker, and as a Gold or
Platinum member you are guaranteed up to four return economy Reward
Seats for an annual family trip.

From North America, the major carriers to Sydney are American Airlines,
Air Canada, Delta, United, and Qantas. Flight time from LAX to Sydney is
around 13 hours, but you lose a day crossing the international date line; you get
it back on the trip home. These flights are often overnight, allowing you to arrive
first thing in the morning, with connecting flights at the ready. Fares range from
$1,500 round-trip in economy to $5,000-10,000 round-trip in business class, and
at least an extra 50 percent more for first class. From New York City, deals can
be had for around $1,500 round-trip, with the trip taking around 22 hours; more
comfortable business class costs from $7,000 round-trip. Travel from the U.S.
East Coast involves at least one stop.

Flying to Australia is never cheap, but deals can be found if you are flexible
and travel outside Australian school holidays and major national holidays. There
are a handful of competing domestic budget airlines that occasionally have fare
wars. Tigerair and Jetstar are cheap domestic airlines that forgo comfort and
always sell one-way tickets. The longest domestic flight is Sydney to Perth
($150 to $250), which takes five hours, so not getting fed is a small sacrifice.
Prices vary by airline and destination, and regular fare sales show lively
competition. As a rough guide, if you shop around and are willing to fly at the

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Although we strive to produce the most up-to-date guidebook that we
possibly can, change is unavoidable. Between the time this book goes to
print and the time you read it, the cost of goods and services may have
increased, and a handful of the businesses noted in these pages will
undoubtedly move, alter their prices, or close their doors forever. Exchange
rates fluctuate—sometimes dramatically—on a daily basis. Federal and
local legal requirements and restrictions are also subject to change, so be
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